Image00055Coping with the impending loss of a pet is one of the most difficult experiences a pet parent will face. At Pedernales Veterinary Center, we know how hard it can be to say goodbye to your best friend. We offer compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental guidance to assist you in making the decision that is best for your pet and ultimately for your family. 
After all treatment options have been exhausted, it’s important to assess your beloved companion’s quality of life.  You know your pet the best, and are the expert regarding what makes him or her happy. Below are some questions that may help determine if your pet is still living a quality life.

  • Is your pet eating and drinking normally?
  • Can it relieve itself on its own?
  • Can your pet move around on its own? 
  • Is your pet interested in the activities around it?
  • Is your pet withdrawn much of the time?
  • Is your pet in any discomfort?

Pain is a physical and emotional sensation that can be complicated to assess. Keep in mind, a pet’s reaction to pain is dependent upon its personality and the degree of pain it’s experiencing. Ask your veterinarian what signs your pet may display to indicate pain.

Suffering is more than physical attributes, and involves the ability to enjoy living life. Use the above tools to help decide if important qualities are diminishing or are no longer present in your pet’s life. These may help you to define what suffering would be for your pet and create a plan to prevent or limit any suffering

At some point, you may have to face the tough question of whether or not to have your pet humanely euthanized. Our staff is prepared to guide you through the process with all the kindness and respect that you and your pet deserve.

End-of-Life Services

  • Compassionate, pain-free euthanasia
  • Group cremation
  • Private cremation with many choices of urns and burial markers
  • Private burial
  • A Clay Paw imprint to save as a special reminder of your friend